Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Country Visit

Was it two weeks ago when we caught up with a friend for coffee after looking at his renovated Glen Iris apartment that is now for sale? He lives in the country town Kyneton with his brother. He had the house built some 17 years ago. We haven't had a lot of contact since R and G worked together at Australia Post but now we are Face Book friends and we have caught up.

I don't understand why people have so many problems when using Face Book, as they get into wars with people. Just say nice things as you would in real life. Face Book has connected me with so many people. I do understand why some people don't want to use it and their reasons are valid.

It was further away from Melbourne than we thought, over one hour's drive along the Calder Freeway towards Bendigo and about the same on a limited express train, which is an absurdly slow train trip. It was rather fun being able to travel at 110 km/h (about 70 mph rather than 100 as we are used to. Our poor under powered newish car was revving away in lower gears trying to keep up to cruise control speed as we climbed the Great Dividing Range.

We had a very nice time with him and his brother. They are both gay, except it took our friend longer to realise and he married and had a daughter when young. Yes, he would have once have been one of those married men out for a walk who you might see in a quiet area in a forested park with a child seat attached to the back seat of the car, where there are similar parked cars.

Anyway, we had a very nice time with them. He drove us into Kyneton township where we bought good coffee from a non profit cafe called Social Foundry. I think  it is a town built on gold mining. It has some lovely old houses and buildings. He then made us a toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and a home made apple cake. His brother after some socialising with us was in his workshop restoring furniture.

It was a really nice day. I am surprised this phone photo I took of the post office taken into direct sunlight isn't as bad as I thought it might have been.


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  1. It sounds like a most excellent day. And even better after the blight that Covid 19 has put on many of your interactions.
    Your final photo is lovely.

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    1. EC, it was nice. Thanks. I am still nervous when out in public. Not yesterday but some places become too busy.

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  2. Wasn't it grand to be able to go a bit further from home than previously 'allowed'.
    Those smallish towns have some interesting buildings - gold rush days with airs and graces on a small down to earth scale

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    1. Grand it was Cathy. Your remark about smallish towns amused me.

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  3. I lived and worked for two years in Bendigo and had responsibility for the child welfare programmes in all of Loddon Campaspe region. All the old gold towns were lovely but Kyneton was a particular delight. I even found where my grandfather worked in the 1930s and 40s.

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    1. That's interesting Hels. I look forward to further visits and investigating the town properly.

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  4. Apple Cake! I miss cake. It isn't on my allowed list of foods, although I am cheating and eating chocolate right now. I've heard of Kyneton through a book by Kerry Cue, she was a child when her family moved there, her father was the Police Officer for the town. In the 60s I think.

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    1. River, Kerry was a columnist for The Age newspaper here and on the strength of her writing, I bought her book, but it was so long ago, I had forgotten about her Kyneton connection.

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    2. I remember her column, wasn't only in The Age, she has several books and I own about four of them.

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  5. I use Facebook. It used to be filled with pictures of pouting women and their 'selfies'; desperately trying to look like someone else, but that fashion seems to have died a death, and it's become a much more political platform.

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    1. Cro, I just keep it for family and very close friends so I don't really see anything political there.

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  6. Sounds as if you had a good day.
    Facebook, goodness never find out anything from me on that though I'm in there often as I belong to several private groups.
    Had breakfast at Kyneton one morning after getting off the boat. That's a nice photo of the clock.

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    1. Margaret, I have been learning about private FB groups and I have set one up myself. Thanks, and we will return.

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  7. Sounds like a nice day out. FB- I am there, I ignore or unfollow most of the political posts.

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    1. Travel, there is enough stress in real life at the moment. Why would anyone want to add to with political arguments on FB beyond Trump is a disgrace.

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  8. What a nice country trip Andrew, if that was two weeks ago your restrictions obviously loosened up before ours. I think we can do country trips now, but not two weeks ago ✨

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    1. Grace, it was Wednesday just passed. We freed up a bit on Monday. You have done as I do, read too fast. They were separate meetings with our friend. Once less than a couple of weeks ago and the last, Wednesday, both allowed, although at the first we illegally sat at outdoor tables to drink our coffee.

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  9. I am glad you enjoyed your fine visit with them.

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    1. Gigi, it was nice and a change of scenery.

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  10. the streets looks interesting. lovr from Europe

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    1. Gosia, a very interesting town.

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  11. Sounds like a lovely time was had by all. I remember running on the boardwalk on Toronto sometimes late at night and seeing the car park in the west end with just guys hanging about in their family vans and station wagons and I knew (a) I was safe and (b) what they were up to.

    What an interesting photo. Worth the revisit.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Lol WWW. Yes, quite safe for you. But having a bob each way in that way, while kind of exciting, is not something I really approve of. To use another metaphor, cake and eating it too.

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  12. As Thumper's mother said to him..."If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all!"

    It's advice we could all heed....None of us are guilt-free, I am sure.

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    1. Lee, we may try, but yes, probably all guilty at times. I think I once did worse with a blog comment saying, I a have been told if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all, so I won't.

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  13. Fun activities can meet with old friends from Facebook.
    I salute your personality who is not discriminating, willing to make friends with anyone.

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    1. Himawan, I have been wondering about your comment and the meaning of not discriminating. The brothers we met are white men our age. My favourite texting friend is Indian Fijian. My best friends at work were a Thai Buddhist, another an Indonesian Muslim and a much younger than me gay white guy. Our friend in Japan is a white lesbian. My blog and other social contacts are from all corners of world. Maybe Indonesians have the wrong impression of average Australians?

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